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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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Mazzini

COVID-19 Has Transposed Us to the Future

Reading / feuilleton
What can the sudden, unexpected emergence of the coronavirus tell us about attitudes towards death and societal inclusion?
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The Shortest Short Stories

Reading / culture
During a rainy July or a cold August, it’s a nice idea to read about holidays, mice, scarecrows, Wrocław and washing machines. A handful of the shortest short stories from the Everything’s Gonna Be Alright collective.  Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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A Secret Offer

A Secret Offer
Self-Carelessness with Coachinger

Reading / society
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to succeed in the supermarket queue. Matthew Coachinger

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climate psalm
Poematic

climate psalm

Reading / literature
“in a former life / I crammed ripe blueberries into my mouth.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet. Ida Dzik

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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski
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Crystal Fortune-Telling

Crystal Fortune-Telling
The Mystical Allure of Quartz

Magazine / society
The mineral commonly known as mountain crystal (or quartz) has captured the imagination for thousands of years. Why is this gemstone rumoured to be imbued with divine power? Paweł Janiszewski

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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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On Acceptance
healthy living

On Acceptance
Clichés vs. Viscosity

Magazine / society
The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all. Piotr Stankiewicz

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A Revolutionary Condiment
A seasonal dish

A Revolutionary Condiment
How to Make Your Own Lacto-Fermented Chili Sauce

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert outlines the virtues of spicy peppers, and gives a recipe for fermented chili sauce. dr Ryan Bromley
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A Toast to Tradition

A Toast to Tradition
The Joys of a Polish Wedding

Reading / society
The Polish wedding reception (or ‘wesele’) is a thing of legend that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It’s also an evening of joy, full of the warmest Polish traditions. Richard Greenhill
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Hungry for a Good Life

Hungry for a Good Life
An Interview with Carolyn Steel

Magazine / society
Architect and food visionary Carolyn Steel talks about a culinary approach to a good life, the future of farming, and the importance of sharing food and meals. Paulina Wilk

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Solaris

Solaris

Media / Photo
At first glance, one can assume that Igor Omulecki’s works from the Solaris cycle stay within the orbit of post-minimalism and op-art. After all, the minds of the inhabitants of the art world are somehow trained to create such connotations. However, as Władysław Strzemiński put it in his Theory of Seeing: “It is not what the eye catches mechanically that matters in the process of seeing, but the consciousness man has of his seeing.”
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The Best Routine Is no Routine

The Best Routine Is no Routine
An Interview with Harlan Coben

Reading / culture
Harlan Coben talks about writing crime during the pandemic, the global reach of Netflix, and the Polish-language adaptation of his novel “The Woods”. Jan Pelczar

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A Canadian in Bratislava

A Canadian in Bratislava
A Conversation with Ben Pascoe

Reading / society
Ben Pascoe, the Canadian founder of ‘Next Apache’, a cult café and second-hand book store in Bratislava, talks to Łukasz Grzesiczak about why he loves living in Slovakia. Łukasz Grzesiczak
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Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?
Fiction

Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?

Reading / literature
In these two extracts from the novel “Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?”, pensioners Grażyna and Ludwik plan a night of passion for the 50th anniversary of their first sexual encounter, before waking up in surprisingly different bodies. Zygmunt Miłoszewski

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Say Yes to the World

Say Yes to the World
On Nietzsche and Affirmation

Magazine / society
In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs

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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Lessons in Coexistence

Read

Without End

Zbigniew
Libera
Read
Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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A Rightful Balance
Mind the climate

A Rightful Balance
Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli

Reading / culture
Studio Ghibli – the Japanese animation film studio – may be known for its fluffy mascots such as Totoro, but beneath this cute veneer are a series of films with serious ecological concerns. Serena Scateni

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs
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Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
healthy living

Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Coping with COVID-19

Reading / society
Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient
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The Anxiety Virus
healthy living

The Anxiety Virus
An Interview with Martyna Goryniak

Reading / society
Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rient